Gabriel Magalhaes appears to be like set to go away Lille this summer time with a bunch of golf equipment round Europe stated to be chasing his signature.
The 22-year-old centre-back had a standout season with the Ligue 1 facet as they completed fourth within the shortened French season.
Quite a lot of Premier League golf equipment are stated to be occupied with signing him together with Manchester United and Everton however Arsenal are in pole place proper now with studies counsel a ‘deal in precept has been agreed’.
Lille president Gerard Lopez seems resigned to dropping the defender, valued at round £27million.
“It’s true that he wish to go and take a look at one thing else out. We haven’t taken that call but, however he’s obtained plenty of presents,” he advised Sky Sports activities.
“I really feel he’s nearer to at least one membership than others, however nothing’s achieved but so we’ll see.
Ligue 1 appearances: 23(1)
Ligue 1 targets: 1
Clear sheets: 12
Profitable tackles per 90: 1.8
Clearances per 90: 3.4
Aerials received per 90: 3.6
Move success: 82.2 per cent
“I wouldn’t need to say any extra as I respect the participant an excessive amount of. The mechanism I’ve in place, and we noticed that work so nicely with Nico [Nicolas Pepe], is that I’ve a sure value in thoughts for a participant, and on the finish of the day it’s the participant’s option to go and play the place he needs to play. That’s the respect that I’ve for them.”
Right here at talkSPORT.com, we’ve taken a take a look at every part you have to know in regards to the Ligue 1 star.
Membership profession up to now?
The defender got here by way of the ranks at Brazilian membership Avai FC earlier than being snapped up by Lille in 2017 for £1.5m whereas he was nonetheless a teen.
Gabriel was loaned out to Ligue 2 facet Troyes after which to Dinamo Zagreb earlier than breaking into the Lille first-team.
The 22-year-old made 24 Ligue 1 appearances within the shortened season as a result of coronavirus pandemic the place his facet completed fourth.
The French league was ended after 28 video games as a result of COVID-19.
He additionally featured six instances within the Champions League as Lille completed backside of Group H, which contained Valencia, Chelsea and Ajax.
Gabriel has performed for Brazil’s Underneath-20s and featured on the South American Underneath-20 Championship in 2017.
The defender has but to obtain a call-up to Brazil’s senior squad.
What has been stated?
Lille president Gerard Lopez lavished reward on the younger centre-back earlier this yr.
He stated: “I really feel he’s among the many prime 5 dominant central defenders in Europe proper now. His statistics, which aren’t nicely lined outdoors of France, reveals that his share for successful duels is fairly exceptional in a league that’s extraordinarily bodily.
“He’s an absolute machine, so to me, he’s nicely on his manner – if not this yr – to probably a extremely huge membership. I’m sure he’s on his solution to the Brazilian nationwide crew in some unspecified time in the future.
“He’s been linked to 2 golf equipment within the UK and he’s clearly been linked to different golf equipment which have both enquired or moved ahead with proposals for him, however we’re not in a rush and we’re not enjoying proper now. The participant isn’t on the pitch.”
Arsenal, Manchester United and Everton have all reportedly been linked with the 22-year-old.
Gabriel is believed to have made a visit to Merseyside earlier this yr to see Everton’s coaching floor however their £18m bid was rejected. Lille are thought to need one thing within the area of £27m.
Napoli are additionally and journalist Gianluca di Marzio claims the Serie A membership have a ‘gentleman’s settlement’ to signal him.
Lille have already bought striker Victor Osimhen to the Italian facet this summer time.
Gabriel advised Brazilian outlet UOL: “I observe, however I attempt to keep aside. I all the time inform my managers that, at this second, I need to know as little as attainable in order to not lose give attention to the pitch.
“I’m completely happy to see my identify being linked with nice groups. It reveals that the work I’ve achieved up to now has been good.
“I additionally see many followers of the 2 groups commenting on my posts on Instagram [laughs]. It’s humorous.”
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Chelsea had been beforehand linked with the defender and when requested about Blues boss Frank Lampard, Magalhaes added: “He was an awesome participant undoubtedly. He’s a type of gamers that I admired on the small display.
“However we’ve to be calm with all this. It’s early and I renewed my contract with Lille till 2023.”
How Arsenal might look with Gabriel
If we take the Gunners’ ultimate formation of the season into consideration, together with the signing of Willian, we’ve bought a fairly good concept of how they may look.
Gabriel would slot right into a back-three alongside David Luiz and fellow newcomer William Saliba.
Willian and Pepe would function as huge No.10s behind Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who would transfer to a line-leading function.
Granit Xhaka and Lucas Torreira are the metal to permit wing-backs Kieran Tierney and Hector Bellerin to get ahead and help in huge areas.